Award-winning lawyer Kat Craig works on human rights issues such as gender equality and racial justice. In 2021, she was part of a team that helped to evacuate the women’s national football team from Afghanistan.

Why you should listen

Kat Craig is a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience helping individuals and communities to defend their rights. As the founder and CEO of Athlead, a sport and human rights consultancy, she now works with elite athletes to help them tap into their unique ability to change the world.

Craig's efforts to evacuate the women's national football team from Afghanistan earned her an Integrity & Impact Award at the Sport Industry Awards in 2022. Her work to safeguard women athletes from abuse was featured in Vogue, and she regularly appears on national and international media and writes for various print publications, including The Guardian. She is a senior advisor to the Centre for Sport and Human Rights and a board member of Doc Society, a nonprofit committed to producing and distributing documentary films. In her spare time, she coaches Camden & Islington United, a supporter-owned football club in North London.

Kat Craig’s TED talk

More news and ideas from Kat Craig


TEDWomen Presents: Women leading change, with Tamana Ayazi and Kat Craig

October 24, 2022

If there’s a constant in our lives, it’s change. The first day of TEDWomen Presents — an online festival featuring interviews with leading women, interactive workshops, specially curated film screenings and more — focused on change and the challenges that come with it, culminating in a moving conversation between filmmaker Tamana Ayazi and human rights lawyer […]

Continue reading